DERRY — For the fourth consecutive year, Pinkerton's school store, Campus Corner, has earned gold-level certification through the national DECA Association.
DECA is Pinkerton's marketing chapter.
Students learn about the business world firsthand by managing the store and running the retail end of things, from purchasing items, to setting up displays and selling products.
Students also gain knowledge and skills they can use as they move toward life in the real world.
The gold award for Campus Corner accompanied a list of other awards earned by Pinkerton students at the recent DECA event.
Business teacher and DECA advisor Jenn Scheffer said Pinkerton students fared well out of the more than 500 students in attendance.
To win the top award, marketing students had to submit a research project detailing various topics in marketing including inventory, sales/profit, management of multiple product lines and a marketing plan.
Having Campus Corner as a practice ground for real life is a bonus, Scheffer said.
Students handle all aspects of the daily business, from purchasing items to marketing, from handling finances to catering to customers.
The store opened in the 1980s, selling candy bars and a few Pinkerton items. It's now a fully stocked business with many products and a staff of young entrepreneurs.
Other winners at the DECA conference included first-place winners Matt Kelley, food marketing; Nick Tarallo, quick service restaurant management; and Catherine DeCloux, hospitality and tourism/professional selling.
Second-place winners were Lauren D'Intino, Rebecca Gray, Krystal Lewis, Deanna Verringia, and Kaleigh Svenson. Third-place honors went to Olivia Fagone and Jeff Bernier.
"There were a lot of medal winners," Scheffer said.
Students are now setting their sights on the international career development conference event in April in Salt Lake City.
Scheffer said Campus Corner will be seeing some renovations in the future as Pinkerton's Career and Technical Education program gets some upgrades and new space.
The store will become larger with updated displays and space to showcase items for sale.
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